Thursday, 30 April 2009

Pet Shop Boys-Did You See Me Coming?: Video

This is easily one of my favourite tracks from the new Pet Shop Boys album Yes and the video is a pretty basic amateur recording of the PSB's strolling around the German film studio Babelsberg.
That is in my opinion an okay thing and works for Did You See Me Coming? which is released on May 29th here in Ireland.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Little Boots-New In Town: Video

Electropop star Little Boots aka Victoria Hesketh is about to release her debut album Hands on June 5th here in Ireland. She first came to people attention last year when she put her great cover version of Hot Chip's Ready For The Floor on the Tenori-on, up on Youtube and it just seemed to snowball from there. So a record deal was signed and with IAMSOUND Records and the hype machine at the end of last year had her tipped to be one of 2009's biggest new musicians.

So will she live up to that hype? Well if her 3rd single New In Town is anything to go by then the answer is yes!
It is pure pop goodness and here is the video too.

Little Boots - New In Town on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Peaches-Talk To Me: Video

So electronic mistress Peaches is back with a new album which is released this Friday called I Feel Cream through XL Recordings. I Feel Cream is Peaches' 5th studio album and her first in 3 three years. On the producing privileges is James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco, who was also responsible for producing The Klaxons debut, Myth's Of The Near Future and the multi talented man also plays drums on the The Last Shadow Puppets excellent debut album, The Age Of The Understatement.

Peaches' preceding single is titled Talk To Me and you can have a look below.

Peaches - Talk To Me (Official Video) on Vimeo.

The Noises In Our Heads present....

I am delighted to announce that us lovely people here at the Noises In Our Heads HQ are putting on our first gig in the Lower Deck on June 18th.
Expect some great new bands to perform on the night and the full line-up shall be announced later this week. Stay tuned for more....

Friday, 24 April 2009

Hot Chip: Over and Over alternate video for the Crisis Charity

Hot Chip have re-recorded the video to their huge hit Over And Over from their second album The Warning for the Crisis charity. The new version of the video features members of the Skylight homeless program and you can learn more about the cause HERE.
The band also plan to play a secret gig for the charity on May 5th and they have hinted on their website that they shall be performing some new tracks from their new album out next year.
Al Doyle from the band introduces the video below.

Hot Chip featuring Crisis - Over and Over on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Passion Pit-The Reeling: Video

Passion Pit are set to release their debut album Manners, in a couple of weeks, May 15th to be exact and preceding that their excellent new single The Reeling is accompanied by a trés cool video.
Unfortunately the band had to cancel their forthcoming European tour due to personal reasons but hope to make up for the cancelled shows over the summer months.
Check out The Reeling video.

Passion Pit - The Reeling on Vimeo.

If you liked this then try THIS or THIS

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Bat For Lashes: Moon And Moon: Live on the Culture Show.

The next single to be released from the new Bat For Lashes album Two Suns, is the very elegant Moon And Moon. There may not be an official video for it as of yet but her fabulous performance on the Culture Show a couple of months ago is beautifully haunting.

Ms Khan is no stranger to cover versions and memorable tracks include The Eurythmics Sweet Dreams and The Cure's A Forest, but recently she performed on Jo Whiley's The Live Lounge on BBC Radio 1 and covered the hugely popular King's Of Leon song Use Somebody.

It is a brave attempt but it's delicate and emotive.
Bat For Lashes plays at this years Electric Picnic Festival

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Electric Picnic 2009: Line-up announced

So last night I had the good fortune of attending the Electric Picnic launch in the POD complex on Harcourt st. I must admit I am quite happy with the line-up and many I have caught live before so it all bodes well for another great weekend in Stradbally.

So here is how it goes with the line-up:
The Flaming Lips
Basement Jaxx
Fleet Foxes
Bell X1
Rodrigo Y Gabriela
Seasick Steve
2 Many DJs
Lisa Hannigan
Explosions In the Sky
Damien Dempsey
Alabama 3
Bat For Lashes
Zero 7
Erol Alkan (He keeps kids dancing)
Roots Manuva
The Sugarhill Gang
Billy Bragg
Lykke Li
Imelda May
Echo & The Bunnymen
Simian Mobile Disco (It's The Beat!)
Skream & Benga's Magnetic Man
Chris Cunningham (Audiovisual performance)
Okkervil River
Magnolia Electric Company
Low Anthem
Whitest Boy Alive
Micachu & The Shapes (Very excited about this)
The Walkmen
Michael Nyman
Dublin Gospel Choir
Quantic Soul Orchestra

For more details on the Electric Picnic go HERE

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Yuksek-Extraball (featuring Amanda Blank): Video

Yet another catchy electro single from Parisian new wave, electro DJ and producer Yuksek, but this time he features the MC talents of Philadelphia rapper Amanda Blank who has previously worked with Spank Rock and Aaron LaCrate and is currently on tour with Santigold. Similar in style to something The Filthy Dukes might produce but I am liking it the more I listen and looking forward to his set at The Twisted Pepper on May 8th.

Yuksek ft. Amanda Blank - Extraball on Vimeo. and AU Magazine join forces to promote Irish music on both sides of the border. and Alternative Ulster Magazine have come together to showcase bands on both side of the border and help them promote their music by staging live club events. Both scenes are producing vibrant and essential music and this collaboration between both magazines is about bringing both of those scenes together.

The first of the State Vs AU nights takes place at the Purty Loft, Dun Laoghaire on April 24th with Alphastates, And So I Watch You From Afar and Villagers all taking to the stage with State and AU DJ's rounding off the nights action. The night shall kick off at 8.00pm and shall run until 2.30am and the door tax is a baragin breaking €10.

The following club night on May 1st also in the Purty Loft sees Escape Act, The Rags, and John Shelly and The Creatures filling the bill on the night.

Club AU in Belfast's Lavery's Attic has been successfully running since August last year and their next club night on May 23rd sees the animated Super Extra Bonus Party headline alongside a number of other high quality acts TBC.

So if it's new music your after it seems this is the answer.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Ex Coldspoon Conspiracy members form new band Jogging.

The Coldspoon Conspiracy made quite an impression on the Dublin live scene a couple of years ago and this was backed by a great debut album Plays Well With Others, as well as high profile support slots with Explosions In The Sky, Arab Strap and Cursive. Unfortunately the band decided to call it a day in late 2006 with lead vocalist Pat Cannon deciding that he wanted to go down a different musical route to the rest of the band. However the remaining members Ronan Jackson, Peter Lee and Darren Craig chose to carry on regardless and this resulted in the birth of Jogging with Ronan this time taking the lead vocal spot. 

Jogging are not too dissimilar to the Coldspoon but there is definitely a more mature sound from the band, they are heavier noise rock with tougher vocals that suits their sound. 
The band have recently supported Crystal Antlers and Parts & Labor and are set to continue the trend with a support slot to My Disco and Scul Hazzards in Whelan's tonight.

You can make up your own mind by checking out their demo's on their MySpace Page.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Passion Pit cancel their European May tour.

According to the NME, Passion Pit have had to cancel their forthcoming UK and European tour due to 'A personal situation at home'.
Undoubtedly this shall affect their May 7th date at The Academy in Dublin.
The band hope to make up for the cancellations by playing their own shows around their festival dates during the summer months.
Passion Pit played to a packed out crowd in Whelan's in early March and were supported by Portland band Hockey. Both bands are set to release debut albums this year with Passion Pit releasing Manners on May 15th and Hockey releasing Mind Chaos on September 11th.

Like this then try more of the same here.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Calling all b-boys, Graffiti writers and MC's...

This Saturday April 11th All City Records in Temple Bar are hosting the All City Easter Jam in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin.

You get to witness talented Irish graff artists at work with
Maser, Jor, Kube and Cool C all showcasing and producing pieces on the day. Guest writers this year include T Kid & Ces (US) and Janoe (Europe), Tiws (Europe) and Kacao77 (Berlin) . You can also expect a live 2 x 2 B-Boy battle on the day, Sketch competitions and black book signings as well as live MC's and dj's spinning the best in funk, soul and hip hop. It's a steal at only a €5.00 and is guaranteed to be action packed.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

U: Mack up & coming gigs to include Mi Ami, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) and Squarepusher.

The U:Mack collective always have quite a high standard when it comes to putting on the more left of centre gigs and as a regular attendee, the latest round of gig announcements leaves me frothing at the mouth in excitement.

First up on April 25th in ALT is Squarepusher which, although announced back in February is one performance I am eager not to miss because A.I have never had the pleasure of catching Mr. Jenkinson live and B. I have been told he is unmissable. Here's hoping I am not disappointed.

Next up is Touch & Go newbies Mi Ami who blend afro disco beats alongside rough, screeching guitars bringing a thriving energy to your ears. They are definitely a band that will leave a mark wherever they play and their Crawdaddy show on May 9th should be no exception.


July 8th sees the return of dance punk band !!! or
Chk Chk Chk to Whelan's. Having caught them live a number of times now I can honestly say this is going to be a brilliant gig. They just know how to bring it live and it should be pretty special in Whelan's of all places. Bring a spare t-shirt as you will be left in a sweaty mess.

Friday, 3 April 2009

The Maccabees-Love You Better: Video

Love You Better is the brand new single from Brighton based indie band The Maccabees. It gets its release on April 24th and is taken from their second studio album Wall Of Arms which is out on May 1st. I am a little bit in love with Orlando Weeks' voice and this song has reminds me of Wolf Parade.
I hope the album is as good.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Kasabian-Vlad The Impaler (featuring Noel Fielding): Video

Kasabian have just released the video to their new single Vlad The Impaler and true to it's title, the video is about an evil character with a moustache, played by Noel Fielding (The Mighty Boosh) that skulks about the fields and woods impaling people with a large pencil or post (I would prefer it to be a super pencil myself).
Two minutes of mild entertainment and the song is not too bad neither.

Kasabian - Vlad the Impaler from Kasabian on Vimeo.

Tiny Masters Of Today-Skeletons: Video

The Tiny Masters Of Today are back with their second album Skeletons on April 10th through Mute Records. The first infectious single to be taken from the new album is also titled Skeletons and for two young teenagers (15 and 13 respectively) it's pretty decent. Having previously worked with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kimya Dawson and Fred Schneider (The B-52's) these kids are quite respected amongst their peers already it seems.

I will let you make your own mind up though.